By Fead-team
April 8, 2024 3min Read

NEWSLETTER N° 166 – 08 APRIL 2024

Hello from Brussels, where things have been decidedly quieter as it seems even legislations have been enjoying their Easter break.
At FEAD, we’ve been busy with our Secretary General, Paolo Campanella’s new appointment as co-chair to the task force 2 in the Biomethane Industrial Partnership and welcoming AIESSE, our new associate member from Brazil.

PET Recycled content targets: According to numbers published by Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE) on 27 March, the European Union is on track to reach the target of 25% for the incorporation of recycled PET into plastic  bottles by 2025. 

PET and Chinese competitionOn 2 April, a European Commission Implementing Regulation was published in the Official Journal of the European Union imposing a definitive anti-dumping duty on imports of certain polyethylene terephthalate originating in People’s Republic of China. 

PFAS restrictions in France: On 4 April, the French Parliament voted in majority for restrictions on PFAS. 

Guidelines for removability and replaceability of portable batteries and LMT batteries: FEAD and EuRIC sent a joint position paper to the European Commission in which we state that we welcome the issuance of guidelines on the topic, however, ‘the waste management industry proposes including additional practical examples that comprehensively cover the scope of portable batteries found in the market (batteries in gift cards, clothing, small accessories, electronic cigarettes…) that will have to comply with Article 11 of the Regulation’.

Soil Monitoring Law: MEPs had until 3 April to table their proposals for amendments to the draft report on the topic. 

Allocation of emission allowances Regulation: On 4 April, the new rules on the free allocation of carbon allowances entered into force as it was published in the EU Official Journal

Emission Trading Systems (ETS) emissions: The data published by the European Commission on 3 April shows that a  carbon emissions dropped last year. 

Hydrogen and Decarbonised Gas Market Directive: The International Association of Oil & Gas Producers asked the European Union to adopt the Delegated Act on the Hydrogen ‘and Decarbonized Gas Market Directive ASAP’. Read their tweet here.

Energy Charter Treaty (ECT): The European Commission has proposed to the Member States to partially suspend the application of the ECT between the EU and ‘any legal entity owned or controlled by citizens or nationals of the Russian Federation or the Republic of Belarus’. 

Internal Energy Market: In a written response to questions from MEPs Anna Fotyga (ECR, Poland) and András Gyürk (non-attached, Hungary), the European Commission asks Member States to refrain from applying ‘storage levies charged at crossborder points’ as they are ‘a hurdle in the internal market and risk causing market fragmentation’. 

Nature Restoration Law: On 31 March, in an interview with the Belgian media, De Zondag, Alexander De Croo, the Belgian Prime Minister, stated that the Nature Restoration Law is ‘a bad law’ that will ‘create more uncertainty’.

Climate crisis: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of WHO, published an opinion piece in French media Le Monde on 28 March on the climate crisis. 

Convention on Biological Diversity: The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has appointed Astrid Schomaker as the new Executive Secretary. 

FEAD News: On 4 April, the Biomethane Industrial Partnership (BIP) announced that Paolo Campanella, FEAD’s Secretary General had become the new co-chair for the Task Force 2 on ‘Accelerating biomethane project development’. 
FEAD also welcomed a new associate member, AIESSE, from Brazil!